Computer Hardware Engineer Salary

Male Computer Hardware Engineers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $72K per year in the United States. Overall incomes of Computer Hardware Engineers generally bottom out at around $41K and peak near $113K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $10K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Computer Hardware Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$46,208 - $110,043
(Median)
$46K
$72K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,412
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$11.84 - $35.48
(Median)
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$20
$35
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,208 - $110,043  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,314  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,899  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$41,004 - $112,896  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 329
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$11.84 - $35.48  
   
Overtime
$15.55 - $75.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,314  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,899  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$41,004 - $112,896  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37
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Job Description for Computer Hardware Engineer

Computer hardware engineers develop computer hardware and systems, designing products such as computer chips, circuit boards, modems, and printers, among others. They assess the needs of their clients or organization related to computer hardware systems, recommending hardware that will fill that need. Computer hardware engineers create designs for hardware, developing options that include cost estimates and logistical details. During the development process, these engineers analyze and test hardware, helping resolve any problems that arise. Computer hardware engineers must be able to recommend inspections and suggest any modifications that would increase systems' performance. They review systems with colleagues to ensure they meet all relevant specifications and standards.

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Computer Hardware Engineer Tasks

  • Research, design, develop, and test computer or computer-related equipment.
  • Provide technical support to team members.
  • Define and coordinate corrective action changes.
  • Write documentation and test specifications.

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Popular Skills for Computer Hardware Engineer


Survey results suggest that Computer Hardware Engineers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Lucky workers who know verilog can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 32 percent above average. Engineering Design and Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 9 percent and 32 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Java. Most people skilled in C are similarly competent in Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) and C++.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Hardware Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Computer Hardware Engineers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $65K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $83K. Computer Hardware Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $91K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $107K on average.

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Experience Affects Computer Hardware Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 27%

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

National Average
$71,000


Skills That Affect Computer Hardware Engineer Salaries

verilog
up arrow 32%


Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)
up arrow 9%

C
up arrow 3%

C++
up arrow 3%

National Average
$71,000

Java
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 6%
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